The FAA has awarded a contract to develop and test a system for managing unmanned drone traffic at the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems to ANRA Technologies, IT-infrastructure provider Switch .
The USD$1.79 million contract, to which the FAA is contributing around half, will evaluate performance thresholds, mitigation strategies, operational constraints, and system requirements for scalable operation of commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
The project will also provide insight into redundancy, bandwidth, cost estimates, compute, and data storage requirements to operate the UAS traffic management (UTM) systems safely and securely on a national scale.
Switch Founder and CEO Rob Roy said, “To be selected as a recipient of a contract by the FAA to test the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management System at a scale never before attempted is a true honor for Switch.” Adding, “ We will leverage our far-reaching Switch AMERICA independent exascale infrastructure platform, including the Switch EDGE data centres, to power the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.”
According to UTM-developer ANRA Technologies, the system will be realistically trialled to a “level that has never been tested before” and will “create the most realistic UTM and BVLOS ecosystem ever attempted”.
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